We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Free Ride or Walk the Distance

What would you do if you possessed something that proved fatal to anyone who touched it?

David faced this dilemma as he brought the Ark of God to his headquarters. After seeing that his friend Uzzah was struck dead when he touched it, David does what any fearful king would do-he gives the ark to one of his servants! When David found himself between a rock and a hard place, he was willing to sacrifice others for his own benefit.

And think of those who escorted the ark the rest of the way! They must have wondered if they might be next!

Three months later, after David hears that his servant Obed Edom is being blessed, rather than struck dead, he has second thoughts about the placement of this powerful object. So he orders that the ark be brought back to his headquarters, but this time, David decides to read the manual. Sure enough, there it is in black and white–keep your hands off the ark!

It’s time to bring the ark home. David has the sacrificial offerings prepared in abundance. He watches from a short distance. The Levites take their first step. Then the next step and the next-six in all-no one has died! “That’s far enough,” David says. “It’s time to worship and exalt in God our Savior.”

Six steps! Six steps that led to sacrifice and joy. When God’s people tried to enter his presence the easy way (carrying the Ark on an oxen cart), their uninformed method brought death, fear, and anger. When they chose to follow God’s prescribed method (carrying on their shoulders), they were blessed and overjoyed as they entered the presence of God.

Enjoying the presence of God requires knowing the rules and following his ways with a willingness to go the extra mile–and sometimes, just six steps!

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